The band and cheerleaders journeyed to Birmingham to join the football team for the season opener against Montgomery Academy at Birmingham Southern College.
The band’s presence created a great, upbeat atmosphere in the stands enjoyed by fans on both sides. Since Montgomery Academy does not have a band, having the Raider Pep Band there made a huge difference in the stadium vibe, according to Upper School Head Ryan Liese and 11-12th Grade Dean Joe Freeman. Mr. Freeman added, “From my vantage point in the booth, I noticed even the Montgomery Academy fans dancing to our band’s music!”
This sentiment was echoed by football player Evans and cheerleader Alexa. They agreed that having the band there made a huge difference in getting the crowd into the game. Both said they wished the band could accompany the team to all the away games.
Another first during the opening game was the introduction of the student half-time announcer. Alexander, a mellophone player, announced the band’s halftime show from the booth. Alexander and fellow band member Quinn have shared the announcing duties for the Raider Pep Band so far this season.
Director of Arts and Band Director Adam Bernick said,” It is wonderful to see our students taking ownership of Randolph’s programming. The initiative required of each individual band member is essential in pulling off a road trip and to do so early in the year is yet another testament to our students’ appetite for growth and leadership.”
Back on campus, the visual arts are blooming on the walls of the Thurber Arts Center lobby, now filled with beautiful student art work. The 10-12th Grade Art Exhibit was installed a couple of weeks ago by Huntsville Museum of Art curator, David Reyes.
Cecilia Duncan, Upper School visual arts teacher said the pieces on display were selected from work produced in each of the visual arts classes during the 2013-2014 school year. “These pieces”, she said, “were picked because the teacher thought they were an exceptional example of the work done during that particular class. We visual arts teachers keep a stockpile of ‘exhibit worthy’ artwork for use in this exhibit and the Head of School Gallery.”
The art is a mixture of style and medium including ceramics, photography, painting and mixed media. Please feel free to drop by the Thurber Arts Center lobby anytime. The 10-12th Grade Art Exhibit will remain on display until December 8, 2014.